Cincinnati Spring Cleaning Tips03/13/2017Lisa Renee Nieberding Spring is just around the corner, Cincinnati! If you’ve spent the last season huddled inside, now’s a great opportunity to crack those windows and begin thinking about spring cleaning. You may have your typical spring cleaning checklist, but all too frequently homeowners can neglect a few important tasks. These are some pointers to improve your spring cleaning from your floors to your shutters, so you’re able to enjoy the prettiest season in Cincinnati. Clean Your Windows For Spring It’s common to get out of bed in mid-March and realize that the subpar view out your window isn’t because of winter weather–it’s because of a filthy window. Spring is the perfect time to give your windows a deep clean. Get that beautiful view back with these steps. If your window opens, fully open it and remove any dirt or debris in the sill. Try first to clean out as much as you can with a dry cloth or small brush, then use warm soapy water and a cloth or brush to clean out the remainder. This will help your window open and shut easier, and ensure your window can shut completely. Spray down the window with a cleaning solution. You can use either a cleaner you buy at the store, or create your own at home using one part vinegar and two parts warm water. Wipe the windows with a microfiber cloth. Microfibers are preferred for cleaning glass and leave fewer streaks. Don’t Neglect to Clean those Window Treatments A spotless glass window isn’t worth much the window treatment isn’t similarly clean. For fabric window treatments like curtains or draperies, cleaning can be troublesome. For thick fabric window coverings, remove them from the wall and shake them outdoors to get rid of any loose debris, then pop them in the washer and run on cold water and air dry them. For thinner window treatments, you’ll want to be more delicate in how you handle them, so wash them by hand in a bathtub or sink. Plantation shutters are probably the simplest window treatment to clean. Remove dust by wiping down with a microfiber cloth or barely damp rag. To spot clean, wipe with a slightly wet cloth to remove the stain, then go over with a dry cloth. Spring is also an awesome time to think about replacing your window treatments. Visit the Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati Idea Gallery for some inspiration on new window treatments for your home. Pay Attention to Your Appliances Your fridge, oven and washer and dryer are just as much furniture as appliances. Particularly with newer appliances like stainless steel appliances, looks can be just as important as function. Clean all the nooks and crannies of your appliances, and get them back to the condition they were when you first bought them. Stainless steel appliances can be shined up using a solution made of 1 teaspoon dish soap and 1 quart of warm water, cleaned with a wet cloth and air-dried. Get Every Single Surface You’re likely going to spend some time on your walls and floors when you do spring clean, but be sure to spread some attention around to some of the most often neglected surfaces. Here are just a few of the spots that are easy to skip over when spring cleaning: All handles or knobs that get touched a lot. This could be on the toilet, on electronics, or any other spot in the house. Various shower surfaces, like the door, base, and soap ledge. The tops of ceiling fans. Appliance undersides - especially the bigger appliances like the refrigerator164 and dishwasher. Get Your Cincinnati Home Looking Gorgeous Again Spring cleaning isn’t fun, but we’ve all got to do it. For more tips on cleaning and maintaining your window treatments, or if you want to reinvigorate your space this spring with some new window treatments, call Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati at 513-216-9740, or fill out the form below. We’ll come out to your home for a free window design consultation and help you choose a perfect new window treatment to welcome spring.